Public Health

Jon Queally, staff writer
Eduardo Velev cools off in the spray of a fire hydrant during a heatwave on July 1, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An excessive heat warning has been issued in Philadelphia and along the East Coast as hot and humid weather hits the region this week. (Photo: Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)
"If we wish to spare people in the United States and around the world the mortal dangers of extreme and relentless heat, there is little time to do so and little room for half measures."
Jessica Corbett, staff writer
As part of the annual defense spending bill, lawmakers passed several...
Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Arid soils
"There is no denying it: The longer we wait to take bold action to curb...


Called "horrifying, infuriating, compelling and hopeful," a new documentary Toxic Hot Seat explores the chemical flame retardants - equally likely to cause cancer and not to work - that are everywhere in our lives and houses, and the massive lobbying efforts of chemical manufacturers and Big Tobacco that put them there. With a new Give Toxics the Boot! campaign. "The average American baby is born with 10 fingers, 10 toes and the highest recorded levels of flame retardants among infants in the...